Carmelized Onion Chicken Soup


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Carmelized Onion Chicken Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

It’s been a cold and rainy past few days here in Arizona. I came back from a weekend out of town and I wanted nothing more than a warm pot of soup for dinner.

However, I wasn’t really in the mood to cook anything at all complicated. This soup is the opposite of complicated. In the interest of truly making this simple, I picked up a rotisserie chicken while I was at the store this morning. I also used caramelized onions that were already in the freezer.

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I started making this with a plan for something more complex. When I tasted the soup initially, I realized it was delicious with nothing more than the onions and the chicken.

I will probably play with this combination in the future, but this soup was delicious on it’s own in all of it’s simplicity. Chunks of chicken with lots of corn in a creamy broth made for a very simple and tasty dinner as well.

Carmelized Onion Chicken Soup recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Carmelized Onion Chicken Soup


  • 1 cup caramelized onions chopped small, I used frozen ones I made in the crockpot earlier
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced small, I used the breast meat from a rotisserie chicken
  • 4 cups chicken stock I used fresh stock made from the rotisserie chicken's carcass
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon kosher salt adjust to taste, depending on the stock that you use


  • In a medium size saucepan, saute the onions and the garlic for about a minute or so, just until fragrant. Add the chicken and the stock. Simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and season with salt as needed. Simmer on low until ready to eat. I left mine simmering over an hour and the broth was slightly thickened and full of flavor from the onions.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Juliana says

    What a nice and tasty chicken soup…I like the idea of caramelizing the onion…great idea, especially in this cold and rainy weather.
    Hope you are having wonderful week Mary 🙂

  2. Mallory says

    French onion soup with chicken, minus the soggy bread…sounds good to me! Oh rain, I almost feel sad for you that you can't have snow for Christmas! Christmas just doesn't feel Chistmasy for me unless it's white. That's what I get for growing up in Calgary!

  3. Becki's Whole Life says

    This looks nice and comforting. I would probably sprinkle a little parm (because I do that on almost every soup for some reason) but other than that I agree – I don't think you need to do a whole lot else to this…it sounds wonderful as is.

    I remember once when we were flying out to Arizona a guy on the plane said he loves rainy days so much because it's always sunny in AZ so when it rains it's such a nice change. I don't know why but I always remembered him saying that. I lived in Upstate NY at the time where it's quite the opposite so it just struck me when he said it.

  4. Patricia52 says

    Welcome to the Southwest!! I've lived in NW New West for over 37 years, hubby is a native. I agree that I get so hungry for a long rainy day,(original NYer.)

    Hubby and I have terrible colds in the middle of our current but rare rains – so this soup will be perfect (delicious and easy) for me to make for supper tomorrow.

    I have printed out so many of your recipes the last several days!! I can't wait to try them.
    Keep up the great job you are doing. I so look forward to looking at FB lately because of your posts.
    God bless,
    Patricia @ [email protected]